ESC Region 17 Social Studies

History Rocks! Volume 4 Issue #3

"Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile."

-William Cullen Bryant
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Around the Region

Region 17 Social Studies Office Hours for the Month of October!

Just like the old college days, ESC 17 is having virtual office hours!!! When you need some weekly support during your conference period, lunch or after school, sign up weekly for our open office hours. Register using the link below. Then, click on the google form below to sign up for a time! The time slots are for 30 minutes. You only need to register in ESCWorks once, but you can "show up" for office hours any of the days below!!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Monday, October 12, 2020,

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Monday, October 26, 2020

Historically Speaking Weekly After School Virtual Chats

Join us every Thursday after school, from 4:00-5:00 for our Historically Speaking chats. Each week we will have a different topic/resource/strategy to talk about or practice! And then we will have time to share and stay connected to each other!

Thursday, October 8-Book Break

Thursday, October 15- TEA Update

Thursday, October 22- Elections

Thursday, October 29- Differentiation

Around the State, Country, and World

TSHA Handbook of Texas presents a Haunted Texas EBook

"The Texas State Historical Association explores some of the darkest and most mysterious corners of Texas history in Lone Star Lore: Myth, Mystery, and Haunted History, a mystifying miscellany of thirteen entries drawn from TSHA’s Handbook of Texas."

Hank the Cowdog Podcast

The first of the five Hank the Cowdog episodes will debut on Monday, September 14 with successive episodes released every Monday through October 12. The free podcasts can be accessed through Apple Podcasts or other podcast hosting services. More information about the series can be found at;

Each of the five podcast episodes will have an educational activity prepared by the National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. These activities will be aligned with national curriculum standards and will focus on literacy, science, STEM and social and emotional well-being. Learning with podcast activities is a hands-on way to engage listeners and can be easily accessed for free at or

The National Ranching Heritage Center began partnering with Erickson in 2015 to provide a children’s Ranch Life Learning book series narrated by Hank the Cowdog. In a teaching style that is unique to the scruffy Head of Ranch Security, the books humorously teach readers about ranch life and include ranching as a business, livestock basics, ranch wildlife, ranch hands, horses and weather.

-from the Ranching Heritage Center

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National History Day 2020-2021

The 2020-2021 theme is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.

2021 Theme Video - Communication in History
National Council for the Social Studies Conference

Virtual Conference December 4-6, 2020

All About Elections-National Constitution Center

Starting October 5, NCC is presenting classes on the Election process!!! There are sessions for all grade levels!

Resource Spotlight for October

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